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Water crisis grips Ohio for second day

Saturday, August 02, 2014 - 00:56

Some 500,000 residents in Toledo, Ohio remain without safe drinking water while officials wait for results from water samples following the discovery of high toxin levels. Linda So reports.

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For a second day, half a million people in Toledo, Ohio are without safe drinking water. Store shelves are empty as everyone scrambles to get fresh water. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED TOLEDO RESIDENT, SAYING: "Can't wash dishes. Can't wash up. Can't wash. It's hell." Toledo is under a state of emergency after high toxin levels caused by algae in Lake Erie were detected in the water supply. Samples have been sent for testing. Results are due back on Sunday. SOUNDBITE: OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH, SAYING: "Imagine trying to live without water, it's obviously a difficult situation for everyone." The Ohio National Guard and American Red Cross are helping to deliver bottled water. But some people are doing what they can to pitch in including this farmer. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED FARMER, SAYING: "We loaded our tank on the truck and brought down some well water, it's good water, drinking water, it's better than what you have here in Toledo." Officials say drinking the contaminated water could cause diarrhea, vomiting, numbness and even affect the liver.

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Water crisis grips Ohio for second day

Saturday, August 02, 2014 - 00:56